The Government must recognise the value of social workers
It is not what is in the Government’s new social work advice note that trouble’s Blair McPherson. It is what is absent from it.
Cllr David Hodge: Why I am quitting
Cllr David Hodge explains why he is standing down as chairman of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.
LGA group exit for Surrey leader
David Hodge has quit as the leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group following the political furore over the so-called Nickileaks affair.
Adult social care market 'broken'
The adult social care market is ‘broken’ with services now bought at prices that are unsustainable, a damning report has warned.
Benefit changes warning
Hackney LBC has warned MPs about the Government’s attempt to ‘rush through’ benefit changes to those in supported housing without fully funding them.
‘Ambitious’ health integration plans look to be ‘scaled back’
The Government has scaled back on achieving full health and social care integration by 2020, it has been claimed.
Crisis? What crisis?
Diary is worried because it keeps reading about crises that appear to be engulfing almost every field.
O'Sullivan named institute chair
Former president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Alison O’Sullivan has been appointed as the new chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Collaborative working is the key
In response to an article in The MJ last week calling for councils to take control of the health service, NHS Providers’ Saffron Cordery argues that structural changes are not the answer.
Saving cash, solving skills shortages
Councils have come under scrutiny for their reliance on costly agency social workers amid a chronic skills shortage. David Johnston explains how Buckinghamshire CC’s new Social Work Academy is helping to tackle the issue.
The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom
Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.
Will the figures actually add up?
Michael Burton looks at key public finance issues highlighted in the Institute for Fiscal Studies' post-Budget briefing.
One in three upper-tier councils face ‘severe financial challenges’
At least one in three of England’s 152 upper-tier councils are facing ‘severe financial challenges’ in 2018/19, a top auditor has warned.
local authorities must draw on the power of community assets
Ewan King says it is time to push forward with an asset-based approach to social care that builds on the skills and strengths of local people.
Safeguard reforms could save councils billions
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are ‘unfit for purpose’ and must be scrapped immediately, the Law Commission has insisted.
Scrapping DoLS could protect patients and cut costs
The Law Commission is urging the Government to scrap controversial DoLS and introduce a new system that will both protect patients and produce real savings. Nicholas Paines QC explains.
Budget 2017: A gimmick-free budget from 'Mr Spreadsheet'
The chancellor's Budget gives extra cash for care, but there are no major surprises in store, says Michael Burton.
Budget 2017: Chancellor announces rescue package for care
Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled his final Spring Budget, offering a £2bn cash boost for social care in a bid to rescue councils from the care crisis.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.